Category: conflict

Because the vast majority of my audience is likely not a member of the Screen Actors Guild, I am going to repost a letter from twice-elected Nation President of the guild Allen Rosenberg expressing his outright disdain for the events of the past week that have led to the National Executive Director Doug Allen being fired yesterday.

Doug Allen held his ground amidst much panic induced by certain forces (let’s say A-List actors who also tend to be producers who also tend to be in bed with producers) and those without sufficient foresight or backbone to believe that we can withstand the temporary uncertainty of a strike in exchange for a fair pay scale in the realm of online and emergent media.

Here is the letter from Allen in its entirety:
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oscar statue - academy awards 2009After all the haranguing and rhetoric, the ad campaigns and endless comment threads, stories surfaced that SAG has decided to forget the whole vote to authorize a strike thing altogether, citing they didn’t feel they could get the 75% majority they would need to move forward.  *Eyebrow raised up into the hairline* WTF?

If the story proves to be true, one could argue they saw the light in the wake of California’s recent state of bankruptcy (in case you live under a rock, the state is handing out I.O.U.’s in lieu of tax refunds and most road work has been stopped, two buck chuck is no longer as a tax on wine is being implemented, the list goes on…) or perhaps they folded under other pressures.

Visiting the official SAG site at SAG.org, however, provided nothing to substantiate this claim.  I read the story in various places including E Online, but now I am beginning to wonder if it was just a PR campaign by those who oppose the strike.

UPDATE: It is official: SAG loses support for strike vote.

Meanwhile, the nominees for the 2009 Oscars was announced.  I’ll likely chime in on my podcast at KeramCast.com about my thoughts on the nominations. As I predicted in episode eleven, Man On Wire got a nom for best doc.

Here is the list for your consideration.  Would love to hear your opinions on this year’s contenders.

(technical categories excluded):

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
Gus Van Sant, Milk

BEST ACTOR
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, The Reader



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